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TechCrunch · Fri, Oct 25, 3 p.m.

India's startup ecosystem is showing some promise. In the first half of 2013, for example, investors dropped $400 million into 141 deals, and startup Red Bus had a sweet $150 million exit. In other words, the time is right for our first ever event in India: TechCrunch Bangalore, which we are hosting with PlatformPlay in India's tech hub on November 14-15.

TechCrunch Bangalore will focus on how to build companies in India that will go global - the question is how and when India's startups will crack the code.

The event will feature a hackathon, startup pitch presentations and startup exhibits. On the second day there will be speakers, panelists and TechCrunch editors (including me!) on stage.

In the hackathon, over 400 hackers were shortlisted from over 750 entries. Picked from across the country, these hackers will work in groups to create their hacks in just 24 hours. The following day, each team will get 60 seconds to speed-pitch their creation to a panel of expert judges and audience members.

The pitch presentations will showcase 50 startups selected from over 400 entries, each launching their products before a live and online audience. The judging panel for the event will include VCs, investors, seasoned entrepreneurs and tech and product experts.

The main conference keynotes will feature speakers from across the globe, including Turochas “T” Fuad, CEO and co-founder of Travelmob, and Keith Nilsson, partner at TPG Growth. In addition, Troy Malone of Evernote and Anthony Hearne of Outbrain will join us for panels in Bangalore.

The winning teams will be awarded tickets to the TechCrunch New Delhi event, planned for August 2014, and a chance to attend TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014. TechCrunch and PlatformPlay will host two additional India events together next year in Pune and New Delhi.

The exhibits in Startup Zone are a great place for attendees - especially investors, media and potential partners - to look over some great new entrants to the startup scene.

You can find more details on the event here.

CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 1 p.m.
Some speculate that Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester cheated in Game 1 of the World Series using a substance in his glove.
CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 1 p.m.
"The Wolf of Wall Street?" Give me a break.
CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 1 p.m.
On May 23, President Barack Obama gave a major speech at the National Defense University in Washington stating his intention to recalibrate his counterterrorism strategy, which is now largely defined by a covert CIA drone program that has come under increased public and congressional scrutiny over the past couple of years.
Mashable! · Fri, Oct 25, 1 p.m.

Unlike Thanksgiving or Christmas, Halloween sadly isn't one of those holidays for which friends and family feel the need to gather

If you have far-flung folks you'd like to send an All Hallows' Eve greeting to, we can help. We've gathered 10 free e-cards that are perfect to send a chill down someone's spine from afar

Take a look through our spooky selection in the gallery above.

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The Huffington Post | Full News Feed · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

What makes an airport great? The answer is simple: amenities.

If you're going to be stuck there for hours on end -- or even if you're just there for a brief stint -- having good amenities can make or break your airport experience.

According to research by Global Gateway Alliance, New York's LaGuardia Airport ranked as the most in need of redevelopment, lacking the amenities of other national airports.

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The Huffington Post | Full News Feed · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.
You CAN cook these things in other vessels, but we have no idea why you would.Read More... More on Recipes
The Huffington Post | Full News Feed · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

You don't have to fly to Iceland to see the Northern Lights. Just ask Shawn Malone.

She's a photographer living in one of the northernmost parts of the continental United States, Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In a region where residents literally see the Northern Lights from their backyards, she has a knack for capturing dazzling images of these light displays.

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The Huffington Post | Full News Feed · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

Road trips and fast food go hand in hand. But making the right choices when deciding where to pull off and eat can be tricky.

Do you go with a reliable national joint or test your luck at a regional chain?

We recommend going with the latter. McDonald's and Chipotle are great... but you can eat them at home. Instead, test out these local specialties. We promise, you won't regret it.

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The Huffington Post | Full News Feed · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.
You could use chili as a blanket for warmth, but we suggest eating it instead.Read More... More on Football Foods
The Huffington Post | Full News Feed · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

Happy birthday to one of our favorite pop stars, Katy Perry, who today (Oct. 25) turns 29!

Perry has come a long way since her "Hot 'n Cold" days, and changed quite the impressive number of hair colors, before becoming the "Roar" sensation she is today. In honor of this landmark birthday (the last in her 20s!), we went and found one of her Perry's earliest recorded live shows.

This unplugged concert is from 2001, when 16-year-old Perry -- who then went by her real name, Katy Hudson -- performed for Live From Studio B.

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CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.
Women dancing on the fringes of competitive sport has been labeled an echo from an age of sexism and misogyny. Hear the case for and against.
TechCrunch · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

Mobile payments startup Flint has been keeping a low profile for much of this year, but it's looking like that quiet period is finally over. The company just recently launched support for Android in a bid to widen its reach, and today the startup has confirmed that it's raised a $6 million Series B round led by Digicel Group with SVG Partners, Storm Ventures, and True Ventures also participating.

Wait, Digicel Group? Who? They're not exactly a known quantity around these parts, but their oeuvre may just offer a glimpse at where the mobile payments startup goes next - it's best known as a wireless service provider with networks peppering the Caribbean and the South Pacific.

“They're kind of renegades in the mobile operator space,” CEO Jason Goldfarb told me. “Which is fine by us, we're kinda the new kid on the block too.”

He isn't kidding. If you haven't been keeping tabs on the Flint odyssey, the startup launched in May 2012 to bring yet another perspective to the booming mobile payments space. In a nutshell, Flint wants to get a new generation of entrepreneurs and business owners processing payments on the fly without having to be tethered to a traditional countertop POS system.And I know what you're thinking: I've heard that before too.

Where Flint aims to set itself apart is no-nonsense approach to getting mobile entrepreneurs up and running. There's no additional hardware needed to get started for one - after a brief setup process merchants can simply scan their customers' credit cards using the Flint app and the iDevice's camera. That data is then encrypted and passed along to the backend payment processor (nothing remains on that device), and a quick signature with a finger seals the deal.

Flint also offers more competitive transaction fees than players like Square, especially when debit cards come into play - debit card swipes essentially cost 1.95% plus $0.20 while those with credit cards pay 2.95% plus an additional $0.20.

Now that the team is suddenly flush with some extra capital, what's next? Goldfarb is definitely content to keep the Flint roadmap closely guarded, though he did note that he planned to flesh out the 16-person team considerably and that Flint is working on backend tools focused on driving repeat business and referrals for small business owners. He wouldn't confirm how many users now tap into the service these days, though he did note that the company has seen “strong engagement” off the 150,000 iOS app installs since launch May 2012 and a 10x surge in transaction volume.

The Huffington Post | Full News Feed · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

"Life in Five Seconds: Over 200 Stories For Those With No Time to Waste," put together by the design and advertising firm H-57, came out earlier this month.

It is a series of pictographs that takes on over 200 important events, inventions great lives, and cultural icons and condenses them to the essential moments. In other words, it's hilarious.

We took an excerpt of some of the book-themed infographics that the book offered. Enjoy!

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Engadget · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.
Sony exploited the nostalgia of the PlayStation brand a few days ago and now it's Microsoft's turn to slosh some ad money around. The latest clip to be released on the official Xbox YouTube channel is simply called "Invitation," and it might be best be summed up as the exact opposite of the original ...
Business Insider · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

UPS announced Q3 earnings of $1.16 per share, modestly beating expectations of $1.15.

The company reported Q3 revenue of $13.52 billion, this modestly missed expectations for $13.59 billion.

Revenue was boosted by U.S. e-commerce shipments and strong European export growth.

UPS delivered over 1 billion packages in the third quarter, up 4.6% year-over-year.

UPS is widely considered a reliable indicator of economic activity.

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Fast Company · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

More controversy is spilling out of the Edward Snowden revelations about the extent of the NSA's spying techniques, and this time it's rattling some very big cages indeed. The NSA is now alleged to have tapped the phones of 35 world leaders, having gleaned contact data from White House staffers' Rolodexes.

The new revelations, which do not name the leaders involved but do cover about 200 politically important individuals, come with a strange rider. The leaked memo that admits the U.S. spied on about 20% of the world's leaders also admits that no useful information has been found due to the surveillance. Nevertheless any such surveillance is an extraordinary breach of international diplomatic protocols, which are a loose and sometimes bizarre but critical part of the way international dealings are enabled.

The news comes hot on the heels of accusations that the NSA spied on Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel––an event that has caused Germany to angrily summon the U.S. ambassador. Germany is today said to be looking at administrating its own Internet affairs, although this runs contrary to the entire mechanism of the Web and would likely be technically and economically infeasible.

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The Huffington Post | Full News Feed · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

Katy Perry has a lot to celebrate as she turns 29. Her newest album, "Prism," was released on Tuesday, and on track to debut at the top of the Billboard chart. Her first "Prism" single, "Roar," was Perry's eighth number one hit on the Billboard 100. Her new album even includes a song called "Birthday." What better way, though, to celebrate Perry's 29th birthday than by listening to some of her best songs? Ahead, her eight number one singles:

2013: "Roar"

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The Huffington Post | Full News Feed · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK/LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters) - British bank Barclays Plc breached a derivative agreement with a Black Diamond Capital Management unit and must return an estimated $297 million in collateral to the hedge fund, a divided New York state appeals court ruled on Thursday. Barclays said on Friday it disagreed with the decision and was considering an appeal against it. The Connecticut-based fund's BDC Finance LLC filed a lawsuit against Barclays in 2008, claiming it had defaulted on a $40 million collateral call made at the height of the financial crisis. Barclays disagreed with that amount, asserting it owed only $5 million, which it remitted to Black Diamond two days after the call was made. Black Diamond then declared Barclays in default. Last year, Justice Eileen Bransten in state Supreme Court in Manhattan dismissed Black Diamond's breach of contract claim. However, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, a midlevel appeals court, reversed that ruling in a 3-2 decision on Thursday. The court found Barclays breached the contract both by not making the $5 million payment on time and by failing to follow the contract's procedures for disputing a collateral call, which required the bank to pay the full $40 million amount before disputing it. "The evidence in the record undeniably shows that Barclays failed to pay the undisputed amount by the deadline, and establishes as a matter of law that Barclays did not comply with the (contract's) dispute resolution process," the three-judge majority wrote. With Barclays in default, Black Diamond had the right to terminate the agreement and demand a return of its entire collateral, which the fund has estimated at $297 million, the court said. Two judges, however, dissented from the court's opinion, arguing that there were questions of fact over whether Barclays disputed the $40 million call in a timely fashion. "We are disappointed with and disagree with the court's decision. We are evaluating our options with respect to an appeal," a spokesman for Barclays said. An appeal would be to New York's highest court, the Court of Appeals. Craig Newman, a lawyer for Black Diamond, declined to comment. Barclays Chief Executive Antony Jenkins is trying to repair the bank's image after a string of scandals, but is being dogged by legacy issues as his bank remains embroiled in several legal disputes or regulatory investigations. It was the first bank to be fined for attempted manipulation of Libor interest rates, and Britain's financial regulator and fraud office are investigating the circumstances around a controversial fundraising from Qatari investors in 2008. The bank is also fighting a $453 million fine imposed by U.S. energy regulator FERC in July, relating to power trading in the western United States from 2006 to 2008. The Black Diamond deal was signed in 2005. The total return swap transferred the benefits and risks of an investment in a Barclays-held portfolio of corporate debt instruments to Black Diamond in exchange for financing fees paid to the bank. The contract allowed each side to make collateral demands on the other based on changes to the value of the underlying loans. The case is BDC Finance v. Barclays Bank, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, No. 9906.

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Mashable! · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

Today Katy Perry turns 29, undoubtedly celebrating with a giant tiger cake and a brand new cronut bra

The pop star is known for her hit songs and candy-colored (and possibly flavored) outfits, but she also has a knack for not taking things too seriously, judging by her constant steams of silly face.

And you too can be as easy going as Katy, with or without the purple hair

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The Huffington Post | Full News Feed · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

When America's largest private prison company opened a 2,000-bed facility in a barren stretch of the Mojave Desert in southeastern California in 1997, there was no guarantee that any inmates would ever reside there.

California's exceptionally powerful prison guard union was waging a fierce campaign against private prison companies, telling voters that the facilities were poorly run and that the industry would take away union jobs. "Public safety should not be for profit," Don Novey, president of the prison guard union, told the San Francisco Chronicle at the time.

Still, David Myers, the president of Corrections Corporation of America, a Nashville-based giant of the for-profit prison industry, believed his company's decision to build a prison in that remote corner of the state would eventually pay off.

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Fast Company · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

Two of our recent parks in New York City ─ Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) and Segment Five of Hudson River Park ─ were both significantly inundated with several feet of salt water during Hurricane Sandy.

At mid–tide, with thousands of fellow Brooklynites, I stood on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade above BBP and watched as the violently rushing floodwaters of the East River, which had already subsumed the piers and the shoreline edge, continued to bring what would eventually amount to several feet of salt water over major sections of the park. At that point, when I could see that the flooding would indeed be massive, I went back to my apartment, closed the blinds (went to sleep), and returned to the same view the next day.

Image: Alex MacLean

The immediately visible manifestations of storm damage were few ─ just the debris–littered flood line and the loss of electricity─ but the injury to the park lay in salt damage to certain plants that were less saline tolerant, which really did not become evident until the summer of 2013. All in all, the damages were exceptionally minor and BBP is now held up ─ as is our segment of Hudson River Park ─ as an example of how to build landscapes that are resilient to these kinds of flood events.

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The Huffington Post | Full News Feed · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

This article is the second in a six-part series about the drug war and police reform. Read Part 1 here.

OGDEN, Utah -- Former Sheriff William "Dub" Lawrence has watched with dismay as America's war on drugs has escalated, and SWAT teams have become more aggressive, more militarized, and less focused on resolving disputes peacefully.

"SWAT teams have been infiltrated by bullies with badges and guns who foster a mentality that killing criminals reduces recidivism," he says. "We're on the wrong track. I look at what's happened to law enforcement today, and I'm ashamed and heartbroken by what I see. We've lost sight of what's important. We've lost sight of what the job should be about, which is protecting the constitutional rights of the people."

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The Huffington Post | Full News Feed · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

WASHINGTON -– State Department documents released to an environmental group are raising new questions about the hiring of a government contractor to evaluate environmental impacts of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Environmental Resources Management has conflicts of interest that should have prevented it from winning the contract for the analysis of the controversial pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada's oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast, the Sierra Club has said. The group filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the State Department seeking documents that would show how Environmental Resources Management was chosen. Sierra Club provided some of the documents it received to The Huffington Post.

But the documents do not indicate that the State Department conducted its own investigation into the company's ties to pipeline operator TransCanada before approving it to produce the analysis. Environmental Resources Management's draft supplemental environmental analysis, released in March, recommended changes to the pipeline route, but declared the project would have "no significant impacts to most resources." The Obama administration's decision on the pipeline is expected sometime early next year.

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Business Insider · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

Stocks are getting more expensive by the day, as they continue to hit brand new highs.

That seems to be causing some strategists to reassess their bullish stances, and re-justify buying stocks are these lofty levels.

For example, JPMorgan's Tom Lee is out with this note about why he's "still constructive."

We remain comfortable being “slow buyers of equities” even as the market remains close to all-time highs. Our constructive stance is supported by (i) improving economic visibility (Europe, stability in China, pent-up demand in the US); (ii) a re-rating of US equities towards a 16X-plus P/E (Fed support plus relative value vs. bonds); and (iii) FCF supports rising distribution rates (via buyback and/or dividends). Still, many investors remain perplexed by the contrast between equity market gains (S&P 500 is up 23% YTD) and less impressive earnings trends (2013 bottoms-up earnings have been revised down by 283bp YTD from the estimate on Jan 1st).

Greg Valliere of Potomac Research writes:

THE TRUMP CARD:  The most bullish story of all comes from Washington, D.C., of all places . . . The Federal Reserve may not even begin its tapering of $85 billion in monthly asset purchases until its March policy session, former Vice Chairman Don Kohn said on our Potomac Current call yesterday. 

He goes onto note that a fiscal crisis is now unlikely.

And earlier we mentioned this from Dan Greenhaus of BTIG:

Despite the doomsayers the worriers and those calling curtains on the rally, our clients continue to believe, as do we, the bias is to the upside for now. If the central bank stays accommodative and earnings keep doing what they’re doing, why not?

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CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.
A Dutch artist and designer has come up with a device he hopes will suck pollutants from Beijing's smog-cloaked skies, creating columns of clean air for the city's surgical-mask wearing residents.
Fast Company · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

Photographer Carli Davidson spends a lot of time cleaning her walls and furniture. That's because she's got a jowly French Mastiff named Norbert, who is always shaking his big head and flinging drool everywhere. "It was during one of those moments when I was cleaning that I was like, 'Oh man, I wonder what this actually looks like––what it looks like when he is shaking his head,' " Davidson tells Co.Create.

Norbert, whom Davidson describes as sensitive, was notoriously camera shy at the time, so she brought a friend's French Mastiff into her Portland studio, got him wet and started shooting. She liked what she saw in the test shots, lined up other dog models and ultimately put together a book called Shake, published by HarperCollins. The book features crystal clear photos of wet dogs captured in mid–shake, and the expressions on their contorted faces are hilarious.

As silly as they look, what the dogs are doing is actually remarkable. A study conducted last year at the Georgia Institute of Technology revealed the science behind the shake. Among the fascinating facts revealed: that furry mammals, including dogs, can shake themselves 70 percent dry in just a fraction of a second, that mammals can generate centrifugal forces 10–70 times gravity during a shake and that the shaking is "tuned" according to the animal's size (small animals shake faster).

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CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.
CNN's Kelly Wallace explores parents' dilemma over marine theme parks: Do they inspire kids or teach them that humans dominate animals?
CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.
Recordings of the first calls to police captured the horror and chaos a 7th grade shooter started at a Nevada school.
CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.
Twelve-year-old Mason sustained a gunshot wound during the Nevada school shooting and speaks out for the first time.
CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.
Mason is left wondering what caused his 12-year-old friend to wound him and a classmate, and to kill a teacher Mason deeply admired.
Business Insider · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

Good morning. Here's what you need to know.

  • Markets in Asia were lower in overnight trading. The Japanese Nikkei 225 fell 2.8%, the Hong Kong Hang Seng dropped 0.6%, and the Shanghai Composite shed 1.5%. European markets are mostly lower, led by the Italian FTSE MIB, currently down 1.0%. In the United States, futures point to a mixed open.
  • Investors staged the biggest weekly inflow into European equity funds ever over the past week, pouring $5.0 billion into the asset class. Many analysts are concerned about fundamentals as Europe's earnings reporting season hits full swing.
  • It wasn't just Europe, though — equity funds everywhere had a strong week. The asset class took in $21.4 billion globally, with $6.0 billion going into long-only funds (the strongest week for those funds in 9 months). U.S. equity funds expanded assets under management by $11.5 billion, while EM funds recorded $2.6 billion in inflows and Japan funds took in $0.4 billion.
  • Japan's consumer price index unexpectedly rose 1.1% from a year earlier in September — economists expected no change from August's 0.9% pace of growth. "The main reason for the headline surprise was the rapid increase in fresh food prices during the month, and, excluding that factor, the month-over-month inflation (-0.1% seasonally adjusted) was the weakest in ten months," say Société Générale economists Takuji Aida and Kiyoko Katahira. "However, we think such weakness is just a temporary retracement, after the persistent rise between April and August."
  • The People's Bank of China took a further step toward interest rate liberalization Friday by announcing that it would allow banks to set a prime lending rate while phasing out the central bank's own policy lending rate. The central bank said the new system will 'help the smooth transformation of the (loan) pricing benchmark from being set by the central bank to being decided by the market."
  • Amazon reported a loss of $0.09 per share in Q3, just as analysts expected. Revenues were $17.09 billion, ahead of the $16.76 billion consensus estimate. Shares are higher in pre-market trading.
  • Zynga reported a loss of $0.02 per share, narrower than the $0.04 loss expected by analysts. Revenues were $152 million, ahead of the $143 million consensus estimate. The virtual game-maker said it has 30 million daily active users. Shares are around 13% higher in pre-market trading.
  • Microsoft reported Q3 earnings of $0.62 per share, ahead of consensus estimates for $0.54 EPS. Revenues also exceeded expectations, coming in at $18.53 billion versus $17.79 billion. The computing giant said revenues from its Surface tablet were $400 million, and unit sales of the device were doubled from Q2. Shares are higher in pre-market trading.
  • September durable goods orders data are released in the U.S. at 8:30 AM ET. Economists predict total orders rose 2.3% last month after expanding only 0.1% in August. Nondefense capital goods orders excluding aircraft (a.k.a. "core capex") are expected to have risen 1.0% in September after a 1.5% advance the month before.
  • The final results of the University of Michigan's October consumer confidence survey are due out at 9:55 AM. Economists predict the headline index in the Michigan report will fall to 75.0 from September's 77.5 reading. Preliminary survey results released earlier this month suggested a drop to 75.2. Follow the data LIVE on Business Insider »

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Mashable! · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

Pinterest may be a visual social platform, but words still have a place on most users' boards. Inspirational, thought-provoking or just funny, the Pinterest quote has become an art form all its own.

Sadly, boards are often filled with plain, grainy, black and white text images created in Microsoft Paint — or even Word — with no attempt at artistry whatsoever

Don't be a Pinterest embarrassment by pinning these unappealing images onto your carefully designed board. If you aren't proficient in Photoshop, there are plenty of apps and tools to help you edit and improve the quality of quote posts for free, and they'll even link you to Pinterest directly Read more...

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CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.
Customer leaves a message written on a receipt telling the waiter he would get no tip because he is gay. KCTV reports.
Engadget · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.
IBM built an integrated circuit using graphene back in 2011, but it wasn't a complete breakthrough -- much of the hardware was based on old-fashioned metal and silicon. UC Santa Barbara has gone one step further by showing how to design an IC made exclusively from the advanced substance. The new ...
CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.
Research suggests that as many as 12 million people in the United States may be suffering from low-grade depression symptoms that are not severe enough to warrant clinical treatment.
Kotaku · Fri, Oct 25, 12 p.m.

Back in summer, I called Monogatari Second Season one of the five anime you should be watching. This is because it is, like previous iterations in the Monogatari series, one of the best directed, well written, and most visually stunning anime of the past few years—and it’s only half done.

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CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 11 a.m.
Clint Eastwood's wife wants out of her 17-year marriage to the actor, and she wants their daughter to stay with her.
CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 11 a.m.
Cheerleader Mikayla Clark made it into the Guinness Book of World Records after doing 44 consecutive back handsprings.
CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 11 a.m.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that trust between Europe and the United States must be "re-established" after claims the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on her cell phone.
CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 11 a.m.
Jim Bittermann reports on French officials who are upset with reports of millions of phone calls intercepted by the NSA.
CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 11 a.m.
A judge is releasing 18 pages of testimony in the murder case of JonBenet Ramsey 17 years after her death.
CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 11 a.m.
"Showbiz Tonight" talks with the Atkins nutritionist who created Kim Kardashian's diet plan.
CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 11 a.m.
Becky Anderson speaks to the designer of Phonebloks - a new concept that makes your smartphone last forever.
CNN.com · Fri, Oct 25, 11 a.m.
For the second time in a week, suspected Hong Kong organized crime syndicates -- known better as triads -- have targeted the production of "Transformers: Age of Extinction" being filmed in the Chinese territory.
TechCrunch · Fri, Oct 25, 11 a.m.

German Chancellor Merkel is angry with President Obama; so furious that she's publicly calling the European Union to reconsider its intelligence cooperation with the United States, after reports that the National Security Agency tapped her and 35 other leaders phones.

Merkel denounced “spying among friends" at an EU meeting and, together with France, called for a renewed “frameworks for cooperation” on intelligence sharing by the end of the year.

"We have diplomatic relations and channels that we use in order to discuss these issues that have clearly caused some tension in our relationships with other nations around the world," said White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney

While the US categorically denies spying on Merkel, Carney did not reveal whether the US had ever spied on her. President Obama personally called Merkel to deny spying allegations–this evidently did not calm her fears. Congress has proposed several changes to the NSA spying practices, but none include overseas practices.

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